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And then when he knew it wouldn’t he panicked… I still respect his intuitions greatly – but his invention is lagging, I suppose because he is in a state of complete exhaustion. 29 Anderson’s friends speak with one voice in celebrating a loyalty to them that lasted through his life. One of his endearing characteristics – mentioned in passing in the diaries – is that he would cook for friends even when they had just been having a monumental row. He sometimes fed Sherwin when the scenarist was exasperating him over O Lucky Man!.
Requiring a film that demonstrated the technical excellence of Sutcliffe’s underground conveyor belts, Desmond accepted Lois’s suggestion that they should approach Anderson to direct and she approached him at the very moment he was 14 about to return to Oxford to start postgraduate studies. Lois knew that he had no experience as a filmmaker but put her faith in him on the basis of personal acquaintance, their shared love for cinema and the vigorous 15 polemic that characterised his writing for Sequence.
That such films were the best way of freeing the British film industry from stagnation had already 46 been his theme in his 1948 article ‘A Possible Solution’. Anderson’s values as a cinephile had indeed been emerging since 1947 under the constant pressure of filling the pages of Sequence.